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It’s In His Kiss Book Review

It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Grand Central Publisher

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Source: Library

SynopsisONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER
Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?

Personal Thoughts: I haven’t read all of the books in this series but I will after reading this book. It is so full of great characters, interesting plot line and it just makes you want to keep reading until the end. It was a great read overall and it makes me want to read the rest of the series.

The story takes us to Becca who arrives in Lucky Harbor meant as a pit stop until she finds herself after dealing with her past. What she doesn’t expect is the kindness and the attraction to her newfound boss Sam. Although he shows an intimidating side, inside he is soft as a teddy bear and means no harm. Through a variety of daily interactions things start to get serious between Becca and Sam and that is where the story really takes off.

The author does a great job with the characterizations of the two of them as well as Sam’s partners and the rest of the Lucky Harbor characters. It makes you want to know everyone’s story and where they will end up. Great read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light, funny and quick read.

Rating: 3.5/ 5 Stars

 

Sweet Haven Book Review

Sweet Haven (A Home Sweet Home Novel) by Shirlee McCoy

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher:Zebra

Source: NetGalley

Personal Thoughts: Sweet Haven was a new read for me as I have never read a book by this author and her style took a bit of time to get used to. It tells the story of Adeline (Addie) Lamont as she takes over her grandfather’s chocolate shop while he is recovering in the hospital after a fall. The story talks about how she is always struggling to make the world famous fudge recipe, her never ending to do list and new and unexpected adventures with the tenant that lives upstairs.

Sinclair Jefferson is back in town to do one thing and that is to clean the house that he grew up in and then he is leaving town. He doesn’t account for running into Addie and seeing the sparks that begin there. Throughout the story both get to know each other and their quirks and have to come to terms with their past baggage in order to move on in the future.

Although this was an enjoyable read and funny at times, there were times that the story dragged on and didn’t really capture my attention. There was a bit of a mystery in the plot however it didn’t really add to the story as I thought it would.

Overall a funny, quick read for those looking for a romantic read with great characters.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Echoes in Death Book Review

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date:  February 7, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Source: Library

Synopsis: As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Personal Thoughts: I was really looking forward to reading the latest In Death book in the series however this one was just an ok read. The plot line takes us through a story of different fictional characters in makeup (i.e. the devil, dracula, etc) as the culprit goes around killing people dressed up as a villain. It is up to Eve Dallas to find out why he is doing it and stop him before he picks the next target and it is too late.

Throughout the book, there are echoes (like in the title) that are parallel with Eve’s history of abuse and it is interesting to see how she deals with it now, compared to back in the beginning of the series. Overall, it was a great read but it didn’t really do much compared to some of her other books.

Rating: 3 1/2 /5 Stars

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly Book Review

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Source: Borrowed from a friend

Synopsis:A Korean Charlotte’s Web

More than 2 million copies sold

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own.

An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers. And with its array of animal characters—the hen, the duck, the rooster, the dog, the weasel—it calls to mind such classics in English as Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web.

Featuring specially-commissioned illustrations, this first English-language edition of Sun-mi Hwang’s fable for our times beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.

Personal Thoughts: I was give this book as a recommendation and that I must read it. I had never heard of the author or seen the book before however, the description and the rave recommendation made me give it a chance.

It is the story of a hen who can no longer lay eggs as she is old but she does not know that. One day the owners can see that the hen is getting up there in age and is of no use to them so they try to cull it but the hen is  smart and escapes. There begins an epic story where the hen meets everyone in the yard and the barn, comes upon and guards a strange egg until it hatches and treats it as her own child. Through this whole story there are challenges, bullying, and a fire to become something more, give something back to a child that is technically not hers.

This story will open your eyes to show you just how far a person can go to get what they want and get their dream achieved. I would recommend this book to everyone and you will read it quickly as I read it in under 2 hours it was that good. It will make you think differently about the world around you. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Dance of the Gods Book Review

Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy, #2)Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts

Publication Date: October 3, 2006

Publisher: Jove

Source: Library

SynopsisWith one vampire determined to rule the earth, the Circle of Six prepares to battle for their lives—and their hearts…

Blair Murphy has always worked alone. Destined to be a demon hunter in a world that doesn’t believe in such things, she lives for the kill. But now, she finds herself the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lilith and her minions.

Learning to trust the others has been hard, for Blair has never allowed herself such a luxury. But she finds herself drawn to Larkin, a man of many shapes. As a horse, he is proud and graceful; as a dragon, beautifully fierce; and as a man … well, Blair has seen her share of hunks, but none quite so ruggedly handsome and playfully charming as this nobleman from the past.

In two months’ time, the circle of six will face Lilith and her army in Geall. To complete preparations and round up forces to fight, the circle travels through time to Larkin’s world, where Blair must choose between battling her overwhelming attraction to him – or risking everything for a love that can never be.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Sunday Kind Of Love Book Review

Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date:  August 2, 2016

Source: Library

SynopsisPublishers Weekly dubbed Twice in a Lifetime one of the Best Romances of Summer 2015 and now Dorothy Garlock, the voice of America’s Heartland, delivers an unforgettable novel about finding love in the most unexpected of places.

Buckton, Indiana, 1956. As post-war America brims with new opportunities, a young woman discovers the courage to follow her dreams-and her heart . . .

Gwendolyn Foster’s life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? But Gwen has a different dream altogether-to be a writer-and she won’t rest until it comes true. Strong arms to support her, not own her . . . that’s what she needs. And she finds them in the most unexpected of places.

Hank Ellis has long been haunted by his little brother’s death. He knows the entire town blames him for the accident, but it’s only fitting. He blames himself too. So he’s shocked when Gwen ignores the vicious gossip and befriends him. And before long, everything changes for them. Folks warn Gwen about Hank, but she knows in her heart that they’re wrong. Drawn to this man of bravery and kindness who encourages her to pursue her passions, Gwen can finally envision the life she’s always wanted. And with Gwen, Hank finds the strength to let go of his guilt, as he dares to hope for a future with her.

But braving the town that turns against them isn’t the only challenge they face. For Hank still harbors a dark secret, a shocking truth that may force him to lose Gwen forever .

Personal Thoughts: I haven’t read a Garlock book in some time and it was a nice change from my latest books that I have been reading. I loved the back drop of the story as it was different from her usual 1920s/1930s time period.

We’re told about the story of how Gwen and Hank, the town outcast, first meet, then become friends and then so much more. What adds to the story is the fact that she already has a suitor and a proposal to go along with it but things aren’t what they seem with her current suitor. Through a few intervening events, everything that Gwen has ever believed in will be challenged and she will need to make a choice that will impact the rest of her life, for better or worse.

This story held me captivated through the entirety of the characters journey, made me want to know what would happen next and did not disappoint. Although the events that happened were interesting, there were some points in the story that were predictable and you could tell what would happen next. Overall, it was still a quick and enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone that has read this author before.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Brotherhood in Death Book Review

25337081Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Source: Library

SynopsisSometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy…

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming

Personal Thoughts: This was a suspenseful ride throughout the whole book and there wasn’t a time where it was dragging or taking too long to explain something. We are taken on a story that involves Dr.Mira and his cousin and the deep dark secrets that happened decades ago.

Eve and Roarke as well as the rest of the team are brought in to investigate a series of deaths that start to show that they are all somehow related and go back to that one fateful night in college when the boys decided to have some ‘fun’. By weaving a web of deception, darkness and suspense, Robb makes the story that much more engaging, interesting and making you want to know who did it and why. We are also shown another vulnerable side to Eve when Roarke tries to make a few changes in their house and the interaction, as well as what it means overall make things juicy.

A great story that I would recommend to J.D. Robb fans. You will not be disappointed.

Rating: 4/5 Stars